Swede Midge Press Release

August 31, 2017

St. Paul, MN: A new invasive insect has made its way to Minnesota and is now causing damage to certain vegetables and crops. Swede midge is a small fly that infests cruciferous crops such as broccoli, cabbage, or canola. The insect was first discovered in Minnesota in 2016 by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) in community gardens in Ramsey and Hennepin counties. This year, the MDA has spotted damage to vegetables in these two counties. Anyone who suspects crop damage from Swede midge should contact the MDA’s Arrest the Pest line at 1-888-545-6684 or email: arrest.the.pest@state.mn.us. Read the entire MDA press release here

swede midge adult